The Birthday Dinner was a quiet one this year. I guess Saturnalia is not as celebrated as I thought.
|The Weekend Before at Ruin: (L -R) Janeen, Ron, Jeff and Denice|
|The Night Before the Actual Day: Two Muses and I: Samantha, Julia and I|
Because my birthdays comes up against the Jolly Fat Guy Who Gives Presents (and Birthday for the Messiah for those religious minded among us), it is always a challenge to get a group together this time of year. As this was an odd numbered Birthday (41), I believe the Star Trek Movie Curse applies to this year.
|Mom, me and Ron (L - R) on Saturnalia|
|Waiting outside Bar Sin with another Nightshade|
I'm lucky to have good friends (Goths, Politicos and Bloggers) and a great family;
I'm happy that I have a Code of Honor that helps keep my head above water in a business (Politics) that can turn on a dime;
I'm blessed that I have the Power to Write and express my views in a place (The Valley) that people see and like;
I'm happy to live in Los Angeles and to give my fellow Republicans and Conservatives a leg up to do the (somewhat) impossible: Flip this City from Blue to Red;
I'm lucky that I have understood my Genius/Madness gene and used it to my advantage;
I'm lucky for all of you for reading this.
Now, there were three passings that should be mentioned on a Political Blog such as the Valley.
For each night, for each passing, I will say a few words:
December 16, my Birthday, Christopher Hitchens:
- he supported the Iraq War because it meant one less dictator in the world and he was a militant atheist determined to knock G-d off his pedestal. He attacked the Clintons, Kissinger and Mother Theresa.
He wrote as I do here; The Truth as he sees it,
G-dspeed Mr Hitchens (whether you believe in Providence or not)
December 17, Saturnalia, Vaclev Havel
An artist and Dissident who believed in Democracy -- Havel is Hitchens squared. During the 90's, he was the "coolest," Western President (See! Politics is just like High School) -- but he stood on the side of Freedom for all.
G-dspeed President Havel, continue to write plays for an even better audience.
December 18, Kim Jong-IL
And here is the only thing worth saying here: